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Quid Pro Quo lands in Saguijo

Surprises make for great storytelling as Quid Pro Quo—shocked as they were, too, of what just happened—pulled off a surprise gig last Saturday (July 29) at SaGuijo; not to mention that it was also their first time putting together a gig at the distinguished bar in Makati. Quids Next Door, the group’s staple concept as it stands, represents their core value as a thriving community. For Quid Pro Quo, it showcases “new and have-yet-to-be-loved artists alongside the leading lights in the local independent scene.”

That being said, Quids Next Door stands for the collective’s ideal of exchanging art for art, and you better believe it. The Quids especially take it to heart.

Last Saturday’s gig was the third installment of Quids Next Door. It was originally planned to happen on the last Wednesday of every month at Pablo’s in the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, but due to some sudden changes in the past week and bad weather, the third edition was temporarily put off and moved to the weekend… much to everyone at Quid Pro Quo’s surprise. Because biglaan.


Moving on, the show started off about an hour later than the intended 8:30PM, but then again: it’s the weekend, and the weather’s just about clearing up after a couple of days of heavy downpours. So, there’s some moderate traffic that allowed most people to come just in time as the show began with Manila-based alternative rock outfit Alpha Caeli taking the helm, playing the kind of music that’s just refreshing to hear. They were followed by the funk ‘n roll titos of Lovecore from Southern Manila with a bluesy, funk/rock and roll jam of James Brown covers coupled with their originals. If you managed to catch their set, surely enough, you were dancing along the bassist’s groove.



After much of Lovecore’s funk, Over October played next—not backing down from the bar set by the band prior to them, but also leaving some room for everyone to catch their breaths. Carousel Casualties came up next, played most of the tracks from their latest EP, Madison, and absolutely killed it.

Over October

Over October

Carousel Casualties

Carousel Casualties

[From the author: I’ll divulge more about Carousel Casualties and their Madison EP in a separate article, so sit tight and stay tuned. *winks*]

Following the Casualties’ set came singer-songwriter with a heart from Cainta, Earl Generao who played a soulful acoustic set back to back with E.R.A., eventually capping off the night.

Earl Generalao, with his band

Earl Generalao, with his band



Suffice to say, Quid Pro Quo nailed their first-ever SaGuijo gig! *pops confetti*

Biglaan as it may have been, the flow of the show went real smoothly, with little to no technical difficulties. On top of that, Quids Next Door concluded some 15 minutes earlier than the 2AM closing time. It’s one for the books. With that, we hope to see more of how they grow the next time around.


ICYMI: Quid Pro Quo’s Shut Up and Play is where you zip it, sway it, stomp it, and bang it

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Quid Pro Quo, a budding community dedicated to the exchange of art for art, keeps growing as they’ve curated a gig to cater to the art of post-rock and math rock music. Shut Up and Play happened last Saturday (July 15) at Mow’s and it was astounding.


With that in mind, you can say the ‘quids’ at Quid Pro Quo have taste.

Last Saturday’s gig was essentially a post-rock night that is comprised of performances by a total of 7 instrumental post-rock/math rock acts from within and outside Metro Manila. And among other things, Mow’s Bar in the tranquil Matalino Street makes for the perfect venue for a gig such as Shut Up and Play. Imagine walking down that street accompanied by the instrumental post-rock music of Hide Nothing and tide/edit, for instance. With that in mind, you can say the ‘quids’ at Quid Pro Quo have taste.


hide nothing

The show got on the road some 15 minutes later than the intended 9PM, but it’s no big deal. It was the weekend. People were just coming in around that time, too. Moreover, Hide Nothing, the night’s buena mano hailing from Tanay, Rizal were just about to finish setting up in that prelude as well, and then proceeding to their set eventually. They were followed by shaw from Quezon City, and then by Tom’s Story, whom need no introduction.

tide/edit followed right after with an awesome set and some playful repartee. Comic, Quid Pro Quo’s homegrown act, played next as soon as tide/edit were finished with their set. Comic are comical performers; they’d sometimes throw in a joke or two, and your either sides or your jaws will hurt from laughing. Lol. For this particular gig, they just threw the concept of ”shut up and play” out the door because they have one track entitled Box Office that has a bit of vocals, but you will forgive them for it because it’s mad good.

Sound Architects, as their profile suggests, followed through with intense dynamic contrasts and heavily layered textures of sound rooted in their affinity for doom and drone metal, ambient music, and their studies of contemporary classical music. And it’s true. Ultimately, the night was capped off, blown way, and sent home satisfied by Terno Recordings’ AOUI.




To wrap this up nicely with a ribbon on top, Quid Pro Quo successfully pulled off a full-on post-rock night with Shut Up and Play. You don’t come across these kinds of gigs too often, but with the cool quids at QPQ—and if you continue to support them and their artists—it might just become something more than a spin-off type of gig in the long run.